With in-flight connectivity agreement with China Satcom, Viasat joins a long line of market hopefuls

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The conga line of airline in-flight-connectivity providers signing agreements to enter the Chinese market, whose regulatory and profitability challenges are as formidable as its potential, has now gotten longer with Viasat Inc.’s agreement with China Satcom.

The agreement, timed for the China In-Flight Connectivity Technology Conference in Shanghai, calls for the use China Satcom satellite capacity and Viasat’s aircraft IFC equipment to allow Viasat and China Satcom customers to roam internationally and in Chinese airspace.

The agreement . . .

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